Mum leaves sassy note on pavement for neighbour who moaned about son’s chalk art

Ashley Woodfolk hit back at her neighbour after they complained about seeing her son’s drawings on the pavement – by writing her a note in chalk in their courtyard

Many of us will have played with chalk when we were children and some of us will also remember using special pavement chalk to draw hopscotch lines and other fun doodles outside.

Pavement chalk is designed to wash away in the rain, but one person has been left so annoyed at the sight of the temporary drawings outside their flat that they contacted the building management.

Ashley Woodfolk, from New York, USA, took to Twitter (@AshWrites) to share her story after she allowed her son to draw with pavement chalk in their building’s courtyard, and was met with resistance from one of her neighbours.

And after building management listened to the neighbour’s complaints and stopped the use of chalk outside the property, the mum hit back – by writing a note to her disgruntled neighbour in chalk across the courtyard.

A picture of the note was shared on Twitter, which reads: “Good evening to everyone except the woman at my co-op who complained to the board about me and my toddler using sidewalk chalk in the courtyard.

“So I wrote her a little letter. In sidewalk chalk. In the courtyard.”

She continued to say: “This will be my last time using sidewalk chalk in the courtyard since it seems to be such a problem for you (and only for you).

“I’m sorry such harmless fun that brought my toddler joy (and has actually helped him learn all of his letters and most of his numbers – his favourites are E and 8) causes you so much distress that you have to complain to the board and waste everyone’s time when our building has much bigger real problems.

“I think you’re aware that we’re in a pandemic and while I’d love to take my kid to museums and the movies, I don’t feel doing that, and sometimes even local parks are more crowded than I’m comfortable with.

“The courtyard was a safe space but now there are limits on that too.

“There are only a few weeks of nice weather left, and I sincerely hope that you enjoy the use of the sidewalk-chalk free courtyard for the remainder of the fall. And I hope that every time it rains, rain that would have washed away any colourful ABC’s I wrote on the ground, you think of me.”

Ashley’s post has received more than 243,000 likes and many people can’t believe the cheek of the mum’s neighbour.

One person said: “I very much applaud your response to a ridiculous prohibition of your child’s creativity.”

While another wrote: “Before I became disabled, I would hop every single chalk hopscotch that I came across. Sidewalk chalk art is art for everyone and is so temporary that to get upset about it is a symptom of a sad existence. Chalk on, little one!”